An Iraqi man shaves his beard inside a barber shop in Intisar district of Mosul, Iraq, November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Ari Jalal
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The only shop to open so far after the army fought its way into the Intisar district of eastern Mosul is Ali Bashar's barbershop.The battle to drive Daesh out of Mosul, a city many times larger than any other the militants have ever held, is the biggest military operation in Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.The militants' defenses have been breached only in the east of the city.Tan army humvees were parked outside the barber shop, which had reopened over the weekend.Eleven days after the military announced that its forces had entered the Intisar district, a colonel Monday said the army had finally secured control of the entire area and advanced toward nearby Salaam neighborhood.Back at the barber shop, a resident scooped up two empty wooden ammunition boxes discarded by the army.
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